Preparation of the exhibition for all senses is in full swing. We look forward to introducing it to the world.
Prague Botanical Garden has issued a media report about the exhibition for all senses on 7th August 2018. You can read it translated into English. The original Czech version can be found at botanicka.cz.
On Saturday June 2nd we took part in festive opening of the Park of Senses in Arboretum Žampach. Several hundred visitors paid the garden their visit in the fine weather, about 200 children joined an interactive game in the whole garden and arboretum. We were especially curious about the Park of Senses, where we tried our perception firsthand: touch on the pavement made from different natural materials; we guessed what is hidden in ceramic spheres without using sight, we were refreshed by fog, we tried chimneys and acoustic mirror, managed to recognize aromatic plants on elevated flower beds… surely we will come again. Thank you for excellent inspiration and the existing cooperation!
Arboretum Žampach, our friendly organization, is opening the Park of Senses on Saturday, June 2nd. The park enables the motor and sensory development of children with disabilities, the sensory experience is also available for people on wheelchair. The park is designed as a meeting place for people with and without special needs.
More info (in Czech) can be found here: http://www.uspza.cz/smyslovy-park
Finally the third International Meeting is here!
This time taking place in Budapest, Hungary. 🇭🇺️ We are happy to see and work with all the other colleagues from different parts of Europe.
We discussed not olny the planned exhibition for all senses aimed at visitors with special needs but also the long awaited conference.
For two days we worked together at the house U Minuty on the Old Town square. We put together the proposal of exhibition for all senses and the associated schedule. We were also preparing for the international meeting in Budapest.
We sent off an interim report of out project – and it has been approved. It indicates that the project proceeds with success. Thanks to the report we also received funding for a further period.
We dedicate our invitation to everyone who is interested in garden therapy. Lipka – organisation for Czech environmental education – will organise a meeting for garden therapists. It will be held on 1st March 2018 in Brno, Czech Republic. Unfortunately it’s mostly for Czech speaking participants…
Few days before Christmas, in the core of the city of Prague, in a wonderfull and inspiring space of the Czech Creative Centre located on the Old Town Square, we worked really hardly! Isolated from the everyday work tasks and rush, we focused mainly on the intellectual output no.1 – the synopsis of the methodology was prepared! Besides that, many other important things connected with our project were discussed…
We highly recommend such an offsite meeting to everybody:)
Business trip to organisations that arrange activities for visitors with special needs
At the beginning of October, we set out for a two-day business trip to draw inspiration and share experiences with colleagues from other institutions that arrange activities for visitors with special needs. Within the two days (3rd and 4th October) we visited the following institutions and organisations: the Medicinal Herbs Garden at the St. Procopius Basilica, the Vysočina Museum Třebíč, the Sensory Garden in Rudka u Kunštátu, the New Generation Museum and the Žďár nad Sázavou Castle and also the Arboretum in Žampach.
First, we paid a visit to Třebíč, where there is a medicinal herbs garden close to the St. Procopius Basilica. It is designed as a monastic garden with traditional assortment of useful plants. The local plants were evaluated as part of a diploma thesis reviewed by J. Skružná. We toured the garden and discussed the chosen assortment of plants. We were especially interested in how the medicinal herbs were presented in the historical environment of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. We also wanted to compare their approach to presenting these plants to the one used in the Prague Botanical Garden.
In the afternoon we moved to Rudka u Kunštátu, where we visited the local Sensory Garden. It is an unusually designed private garden accessible to the general public, which can be perceived with all senses. We drew interesting inspiration from here both for our project and for the educational activities carried out in our botanical garden. We toured the garden with a guide who explained to us the presentation of the individual elements. In the garden there are many functional exhibits and interesting sculptures created in cooperation with both artists and organisations of clients with special needs.
The next day our journey took us to the New Generation Museum and the Žďár nad Sázavou Castle. Here we found an exceptionally designed exposition. It uses the most modern technologies and original artistic solutions to describe the medieval history of the monastery, the life of J. B. Santini and the present of the Žďár region. We focused mainly on the opportunities for further cooperation regarding visitors with special needs, the use of audio guides and on the local information system.
Our last stop was the Arboretum in Žampach. The local garden is a member of the Union of Botanical Gardens of the Czech Republic. It is also a part of a complex which provides all-day care to its clients. They offer professional services to the handicapped and develop the publicly accessible arboretum. Many cultural events are organised here throughout the year. We really admired that besides the strenuous management of the day care centre they also take perfect care of the arboretum and the local information system and organise events for the public. Currently, they are planning a trail for visitors with special needs. We spoke about opportunities for mutual cooperation with the managers of the arboretum and we invited them to our garden.
Our business trip gave us much motivation for the methodology of working with visitors with special needs. It also enabled us to talk about many other areas of cooperation of the marketing and professional activities departments. The results were presented to the managers of both departments. The trip had also one more benefit: deeper cooperation and interlinking of the visited institutions!
Teams from the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland were invited to Botanical Garden Gothenburg for the 2nd International meeting of our Erasmus+ project in August. The colleagues from Sweden prepared interesting days full of meetings, new experiences and inspiration. You can find more information in the section Meetings. We spent nice few days with nice people and did lots of work! There is a long way ahead of us with the whole project, but we will manage it all… 🙂